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CANTON — Funeral Service for Emily J. Burcume, 84, of Law Lane and formerly of Hannawa Falls, will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the O’Leary Funeral Home, 5821 US Hwy 11; Canton, with Rev. Leon Sweeney, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the time of the service. Emily passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Sharon, in Macomb, while under the care of St. Lawrence Valley Hospice.

Surviving Emily are a son, Thomas Burcume and wife Barbara of Hannawa; daughter Sharon Perry and companion Bruce Reynolds of Black Lake; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Merton Hance of Ogdensburg and Berton Hance of Stockholm; sisters, Barbara Planty of Parish, NY; Judy Chenail of Ocala, FL and Roselda LaDeuc of Quebec.

She is predeceased by brothers, Silas and James Hance; and sisters, Agnes Savage, Elsie Tessier, Pauline McMartin and Maribelle Locke; by a grandson, Lew Rodney Norman and a great-grandson Zachary Patchin.

Emily was born, February 17, 1928 in Russell, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Rose Mae (Davis) Hance. She attended Russell schools. On August 3, 1946, she married Raymond J. Burcume at the home of his parents in Massena. The marriage was blessed on October 8, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Canton by Rev. John Whittaker. Emily worked at Potsdam State Teachers College as a short order cook for the faculty in the early 60’s. The couple lived in West Potsdam where they operated a dairy farm before moving to Hannawa in 1974.

Emily enjoyed crafts and many different things. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.

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